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Tobacco sales to minors raises funding issue

Cuts to the state's anti-tobacco efforts could be behind an increase in the number of retailers that are selling tobacco to minors in northeast Wisconsin.

Maureen Busalacchi of Health First Wisconsin says the state spent $23 million a year in 2002, but now that number is down to $5 million.

Local groups say underage teens were able to buy tobacco at 18 percent of the stores they checked last year. That's up from 11 percent in 2011.

Busalacchi says they need money to pay for more checks, especially in parts of the state where local groups aren't doing them.

Busalacchi says they also need funding to train store employees how to spot fake IDs.

posted : January, 29th by WHBY

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